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My Top 10 Recipes from 2010

Posted in Events/Round-Ups, Favourites by Janet M on January 3, 2011

I thought it would be fun to share some of my most memorable dishes from the previous year. Primarily, I picked them based on taste, but ease of prep was also important. I love looking through the archives of food blogs, and this helps focus on recipes that get my two thumbs up.  I had a hard time narrowing down the list to my top 10, so I included a few worthy runners-up. In no particular order, here are my picks. Here’s to a healthy and delicious 2011. :) Enjoy!

Turkish Bulgur, Pomegranate and Almond Salad

If you have been reading my blog since the summer, I know you have heard of this salad. I still call it “The Best Salad Ever’. Plump, creamy bulgur is the base of this meal-salad, that is stuffed with oven-roasted cherry tomatoes, chickpeas and pomegranate arils, seasoned with toasted almonds, mint and lemon.

 

 

 

Spanish Chickpea Salad with Capers and Roasted Red Peppers

Spanish cuisine made a surprise splash in my kitchen this summer, and this was one of my favourite salads. Pan-roasting the chickpeas heightens their nuttiness in a creamy way, and it combined beautifully with roasted red peppers with a salty tang from capers and lemon juice.

 

 

 

 

Spanish Baked Eggs on a Red Pepper Ragout

I experimented a lot with tasty, healthy breakfasts this year. While I delved into different ways to make oatmeal, I also tried different egg dishes. This was one of my favourites, with a soft baked egg on top of a silky red pepper ragout.

 

 

 

 

Pomegranate-Glazed Salmon

While I am trying to lean more towards vegan cuisine, I know I couldn’t easily give up fish. This is one of those dishes. Baked salmon is topped with a tangy-tart dressing with pomegranate molasses and glazed with lemon juice just as it leaves the oven. Topped with basil, this combination works wonderfully.

 

 

 

 

 

Baked Rhubarb and Apples with Earl Grey Tea, Cardamom, and Orange Zest

Baked rhubarb may seem like an easy, standard dish in the spring, but I found the combination of Earl Grey tea, cardamom and orange worked ridiculously well with the tart rhubarb and apples. This will be my go-to dessert once rhubarb is back in season.

 

 

 

 

Mushroom Bourguignon with Spaetzle

While I don’t make many recipes a second time, I definitely have an opinion on what other people should make. This is my dish that I recommend without hesitation. It is simple and fairly quick to put together to phenomenal results.  The spaetzle is a bonus recipe, which is our not-so-secret family recipe.

 

 

 

 

Warm Chickpea and Artichoke Salad

I fell in love with chickpeas with this dish.  This started my obsession with pan-roasted chickpeas and this dish works so well because it is made with pantry staples and quick to make. Here the chickpeas are combined with canned artichoke hearts, basil and thyme for a heavenly Italian-style treat.

 

 

 

 

Mango Shrikhand

You can’t go wrong with Alphonso mangoes. Heck, sometimes I wondered why bother messing with perfection? Well, when you combine mangoes with cardamom, pistachios and yogurt, it is sheer bliss. Gah.

 

 

 

 

 

Wheat Berry Salad with Almonds and Spinach in a Citrus Dressing

I really enjoy the brightness that citrus brings to a salad, and this one does not disappoint. Plump wheat berries are coated in a lemon and orange vinaigrette, spruced with grated carrots, dried cranberries, toasted almonds and mixed with your favourite greens.

 

 

 

 

Tofu with a Zesty Rhubarb Sauce

I experimented with savoury rhubarb dishes this summer, and this was the knock-out dish from the pack. A zesty sauce is both sweet and sour with rhubarb spiced from allspice, ginger, and chili flakes. The allspice-marinated tofu is pan-fried, and served with rice and wilted kale, this is a phenomenal meal.

 

 

 

 

 

Runners Up:

Braised Green Cabbage with Onions, Carrots, and a Poached Egg

I really liked this dish. It is ridiculously healthy and ridiculously easy to make (you just need 2 hours for the long braise). And you end up with perfect, melt-in-your-mouth cabbage. Molly Stevens named this the “World’s Best Braised Green Cabbage” and I agree. :) However, as a stand-alone dish, it can’t compete with the Top 10.

 

 

 

 

Vanilla Sweet Potato and Kale Curry

I am slowing inviting Indian cuisine into my kitchen, and this one entered stealthily. I thought I was making a soup, but it was too thick for a soup. Instead, it was a delicious butternut squash, sweet potato and kale curry with garam masala and vanilla. The coconut milk made a bit heavy but that added to its decadence.

 

 

 

 

Chickpeas Romesco

This was an incredibly filling chickpea and rice dish. The sauce was a variation on the Spanish romesco, filled with roasted red peppers, tomato, almonds, red wine, thyme and rosemary. It was memorable to me, but not to all who ate it, so it didn’t make my Top 10.

 

 

 

 

African Sweet Potato and Peanut Stew

This was a hearty winter stew, with sweet potatoes and kidney beans in a tomato sauce spiced with cinnamon, cumin, and ginger. A touch of peanut butter adds creaminess without an overwhelming peanut taste. I loved it, but not everyone was swooning, so it missed the Top 10.

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  1. Priya sreeram said, on January 3, 2011 at 8:17 PM

    lovely roundup ! my favourites are bookmarked !!

  2. Cara said, on January 3, 2011 at 9:38 PM

    I just ate dinner but my tummy is rumbling again, this is a seriously delicious roundup and reminds me how many things I need to try from your blog!

  3. Phoo-d said, on January 3, 2011 at 9:52 PM

    What a beautiful round-up of recipes! They all sound like winners. I’m going to have to break out the chickpeas!

    • Saveur said, on January 3, 2011 at 11:22 PM

      It is so funny you mention the chickpeas. I didn’t even notice when I was picking out my favourites. :)

  4. Priya said, on January 4, 2011 at 6:40 AM

    Beautiful recap and great recipes..

  5. kamana said, on January 4, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    oh i am making that for dinner tonight!

  6. Ricki said, on January 4, 2011 at 6:38 PM

    They all sound great! I love all of your salads. And aren’t pan-fried chickpeas the best?? :)

  7. kate said, on January 9, 2011 at 10:05 PM

    How do you come up with all of these wonderful recipes? I’m eager to try the Spanish chickpea salad and African sweet potato stew!

  8. Cooking Pretty said, on January 10, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    I love your taste, I am definitely going to have to try out some of these – they look right up my alley! :)

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